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Offa's Dyke Path - South Section

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section

A walking holiday along the famous Offa's Dyke Path from Chepstow to Knighton.

6 to 8 nights
81 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £555 per person

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About this route

The Southern section of Offa's Dyke Path runs from Chepstow to the town of Knighton. The trail follows the 8th century dyke and takes in the Wye Valley section of this beautiful path.

There are beautiful views to be enjoyed of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as a smattering of charming villages, including Hay-on-Wye with its world famous bookshops.

The walk enjoys a variety of terrain, including quiet woodland and rolling hills, with plenty of interesting folklore to discover, such as the mysterious limestone pillar of the Devil's Pulpit.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Path - South Section map
Chepstow to Knighton
81 miles (130 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Stepping through history along King Offa's Dyke and enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Wye Valley.

Looking out over Tintern Abbey and the surrounding landscape from the limestone pillar of the Devil's Pulpit.

Exploring the wonderful villages of Monmouth, Pandy and Kington and discovering their unique pasts.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ODPS1 From Chepstow to Knighton 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£555
ODPS2 From Chepstow to Knighton 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£645
ODPS3 From Chepstow to Knighton 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£740

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that there is a short section of the trail, approximately 1.5 miles in length, to the south of Chepstow. We recommend a there-and-back walk on the evening of your arrival if you wish to tackle this section; transfers are not provided to the top of Sedbury Cliffs as standard.

The villages of Longtown and Llanthony are located 1.5 miles off the Offa's Dyke Path trail. This distance is included in the day walks from/to Longtown or Llanthony, where this stop features on any of the below itineraries.

Start

Travel to Chepstow where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Chepstow to Monmouth. 18 miles (28.5km) / 3025 ft (922 m) ascent

Day 2

Monmouth to Pandy(L). 17 miles (27km) / 1949 ft (594 m) ascent

Day 3

Pandy(L) to Hay-on-Wye. 17.5 miles (28km) / 2336 ft (712 m) ascent

Day 4

Hay-on-Wye to Kington. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2234 ft (681 m) ascent

Day 5

Kington to Knighton. 14 miles (22.5km) / 2415 ft (736 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Knighton after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give your weary legs a rest.

The sleepy town of Hay-on-Wye is a good choice for a rest day, particularly if you are keen on books. There are over 30 book stores in houses, shops, the old cinema and the ramshackle stone castle.

Knighton is a good choice. It is an attractive old town and the Offa's Dyke Centre is well worth a visit.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 81 miles (129.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: ODPS1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
End of holiday: Knighton

Route Profile

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Bristol, Rhoose-Cardiff and Birmingham.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chepstow) and also at the end of the trail (Knighton).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chepstow and from Knighton.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Chepstow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a train from Knighton to Chepstow, or at some times it may be necessary to take a bus to Ludlow and then the train the Chepstow.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Offa's Dyke Path - South Section

“Beautiful countryside. I recommend to friends all the time”
Mrs Potterton, Canada
“Very pleased with your efficiency in organising the accommodation etc.”
Mr Billington, UK
“Everything went well - even the weather cooperated.”
Mr Catton, USA
“Beautiful country, great hosts, well-marked path. Very, very enjoyable.”
Mr Kirchner, USA
“We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you. We got good feedback also about your company from the people we stayed with along the way.”
Mr Griffiths, UK
“Overall great walk through beautiful part of Wales. We have done 3 with you and look forward to a 4th one!”
Mr Stuart, USA
“Great walking country, good mix of strenuous parts and more relaxing walking. All arrangements, travel, accommodation, luggage transfers, worked perfectly. And great weather! 5 great holidays with you, looking forward to the next!”
Dr Roberts, UK
“We thoroughly enjoyed the walking holiday. We have been on a number of walking holidays in UK, Europe and South Africa. Although South Africa was a unique experience the southern half of Offa's Dyke was overall the best. We were extremely lucky to have the first part of July, when the weather was amazing. That definitely made the experience as good as it could possibly be. Contours choice of overnight accommodation was excellent along with very detailed information about each stop and the organisation of luggage transfers.”
Mrs Brady, UK
“Hard in places but very gratifying at the end of each day.”
Mr Plant, UK